Fourth neonatal nurse practitioner endorsed.
She decided to apply for NP endorsement as she felt she had been working at that level in the NNP and NSANP roles. She says the Nursing Council's criteria are broader than those of the original New Zealand NNP role. Unsure of exactly what was required, she spent 18 months preparing her portfolio for submission. She felt supported by nursing and medical colleagues in the NICU.
Page has completed a graduate diploma in advanced neonatal nursing, a BSc in physiology and a postgraduate certificate in health science. She intends continuing studying towards a masters degree through Auckland University, and is keen to undertake research and to get some protected research time.
She is not employed as an NP by ADHB and says that is the next challenge--"to develop an NP role within the unit that is needed, is beneficial to patients and which demonstrates the application of the NP role in tertiary care."
She said NP roles within the NICU need not be identical. The two other NS-ANPs endorsed as NPs who work in the ADHB NICU, Karen Andersen-Hawke and Bronwyn Jones, each have particular interests and areas of expertise.
She acknowledges that developing the NP role within the NICU--"it will be the most advanced role in the unit"--combining clinical care with protected research time, teaching and professional development, will be a considerable challenge. But it is one she is ready for. The other NP endorsed in neonatal care is the country's first NP, Deborah Harris, who works as an NP for Waikato DHB.
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|Title Annotation:||NEWS AND EVENTS|
|Publication:||Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand|
|Date:||May 1, 2005|
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